“Shovel Knight: King of Cards”
Credit: Yacht Club Games
Topline: The final two additions to Shovel Knight, Shovel Knight: King of Cards and Shovel Knight Showdown, are releasing today, officially completing the game promised in Yacht Club Games’ 2013 Kickstarter.
- Owners of the collection Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, which currently includes the original release plus two expansions, will receive the two new installments for free.
- As part of the release, Yacht Club Games announced Treasure Trove‘s price will rise from $24.99 to $39.99, though they encouraged new players to grab it at the lower price a few days prior, calling it a “pre-order discount.”
- King of Cards is the game’s final campaign and mixes the classic Shovel Knight platforming with a card mini-game called Joustus.
- Meanwhile, Shovel Knight Showdown is a multiplayer fighting game that supports up to four players and includes a story mode, which can be played through as 16 different characters.
- Shovel Knight began in 2013 as a Kickstarter asking for $75,000, ultimately raising just over $300,000 and hitting a number of stretch goals that the company is completing today.
- Upon release in 2014, Shovel Knight racked up accolades for its tight old-school platforming, and by 2019, it had hit 2.5 million unit sales across all platforms.
Key Background: The launch of these two expansions as well as a physical version of Treasure Trove officially closes the books on Yacht Club’s 2013 Kickstarter and one of the biggest success stories in indie for this past decade. While the original was released to much acclaim in 2014, the team still had to address a number of stretch goals. All together, Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove contains five total games. In that time, the titular character has crossed over to a number of different games, including as an Assist Trophy in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Its cast of characters have even been made into Nintendo amiibo figurines.
What To Watch For: It’s not the end of Shovel Knight for Yacht Club Games, as it’s already announced a follow-up called Shovel Knight Dig in collaboration with developer Nitrome.